Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Yoko Ono, Antony, John Zorn

Yoko Ono celebrated her 82nd birthday today with the release of two new collaborations.

The first is a live performance from the fall of 2012, when Ono and Zorn performed the improvisational Blink. It is available as a download ($1) or a limited edition one-sided 10" vinyl with an etching by Ono on the flip side ($20, edition of 1000).

I Love You Earth, is from the 1985 LP Starpeace, an album so poorly received (both critically and commercially) that it led to a decade long hiatus, the longest gap in between recordings of Ono's career. Originally produced by Bill Laswell, here the song is stripped down to a simple piano backing and performed as a duet with Antony. It can be heard at Pitchfork, here. The disk/download also includes Antony's version of I'm Going Away Smiling, from Ono's 2009 LP Between My Head and the Sky.

Both tracks can be ordered from Chimera Music, here. Proceeds from the Zorn collaboration benefit The Stone, the non-profit performance space he founded in 2005. The experimental music venue, located in the Alphabet City neighbourhood of Manhattan does not serve food or drinks and
offers a neutral space for musicians to perform. Zorn serves as the artistic director.

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